Andy Brown

Andy has been writing about the governance of sport for over 15 years. Prior to working on the Sports Integrity Initiative, he was the editor of World Sports Law Report for eight years. He has also worked for the Press Association and has written for numerous trade magazines. He has also created, chaired and spoken at numerous conferences on the business of sport, and produced the Sports Law Show for iSportConnect TV.

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News 10/07/2019

EC investigation into Nike could cast light on corruption

The European Commission has requested details of all sponsorship contracts concluded by Nike’s European Operations headquarters with athletes and sporting teams from 2006-17, after concluding that the Netherlands provided illegal State Aid through Advanced Pricing Arrangements (APAs) with the sportswear company that resulted in it paying less tax. The...

News 09/07/2019

Five Russians sanctioned for anti-doping rule violations

Athletes competing in rugby union, ice hokey, cycling, swimming and cross country skiing have been sanctioned for doping offences, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) announced. Rugby union player Dmitry Gritsenko (Дмитрия Гриценко), who plays for the RC Kuban and has competed for the national team, was sanctioned with a...

News 09/07/2019

Spanish survey finds 95% of footballers unaware of WADA

Ninety five percent of 1,324 Spanish footballers from 88 teams questioned by researchers from the University of Granada were unaware of the existence of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), and 97.4% were unaware of its Prohibited List. Just under half (46%) of those questioned are understood to be professional...

News 08/07/2019

Sports Integrity Briefs – 8 July 2019

• Sérgio Cabral, the former Governor of Rio, has testified that he paid US$2 million in bribes to secure the hosting of the Rio 2016 Olympics, reports Bloomberg. It is understood that Cabral, who is serving a 15 year prison sentence, told prosecutors that Lamine Diack, former President of...

News 04/07/2019

Former baseball professional injected academy players with steroids

A warrant for the arrest of former professional baseball player Lee Yeo-sang, 35, has been issued after he was found to have injected steroids into youth baseball players based at his academy, the Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) announced. The MFDA said that ten items including...

News 03/07/2019

Sports Integrity Briefs – 3 July 2019

• Ilyas Nurgaliyev (Ильяс Нургалиев), an 800m runner, has been sanctioned with a two year ban for an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) involving oxilofrine (methylsynephrine), the Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) announced. Nurgaliyev returned an Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) on 21 July 2018 at the Russian Championships in Kazan, and...

News 03/07/2019

Ten Russians sanctioned for doping offences

Three powerlifters, three weightlifters, three track and field athletes, and a blind athlete have been sanctioned with anti-doping rule violations, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) has announced. The Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) has sanctioned middle distance runner Natalia Khokhlova (Хохлову Наталью) with a two year ban from 12 November...

News 01/07/2019

British gold medalist & ‘sports icon’ implicated in blood doping

An indictment by French prosecutors against Lamine Diack, former President of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and his son, Papa Massata Diack, has alleged that British athletes, including a Gold medalist and ‘sports icon’, were involved in blood doping at the London 2012 Olympics. Journalists said the...

News 01/07/2019

Sports Integrity Briefs – 1 July 2019

• The International Cycling Union (UCI) has opened an investigation into Patrick Van Gansen (pictured), General Manager of the Healthmate – Cyclive Team. In an Open Letter published by Wielerflits, ‘multiple’ former team riders backed four cyclists who had accused Van Gansen of inappropriate behaviour. In a statement of...

News 01/07/2019

Chilean Olympic Committee suspends Cycling Federation

The Chilean Olympic Committee (COCH) has ‘disaffiliated’ the Chilean Cycling Federation (FECI), after reports of maladministration and concealment of information culminated with the provisional suspension of two cyclists for doping. The CNCD has threatened to report the COCH to the International Cycling Union (UCI) for violation of Article 6.6...

18/06/2019

Sports Integrity Briefs – 18 June 2019

• Eunice Jepkirui Kirwa has been sanctioned with a four year ban after admitting using erythropoietin (EPO), the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) announced. The full decision (PDF below) reveals that the Kenyan, who competes for Bahrain, initially argued that she had...

18/06/2019

Three Austrian footballers banned for ordering prohibited substances online

Three footballers have been sanctioned with four year bans for ordering prohibited substances over the internet, the Austrian anti-doping commission (ÖADR) has announced. It found that Yasir Akpinar of RSV Wienerfeld, which was relegated from the Oberliga A at the end of this season, had bought testosterone and nandrolone...

18/06/2019

RUSADA opens cases against 33 athletes after investigation

The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) has opened cases against 33 athletes for potential anti-doping rule violations, following an investigation into information that a ‘prohibited method’ had been used in a sports school in the Republic of Chuvashia. The investigation involved interviews with 140 people, and over 60 cases of...

17/06/2019

RUSADA finds seven athletes working with banned coach

An investigation in the Kyrgyz Republic has found seven athletes working with a coach subject to a life ban, including members of the national athletics team, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) announced. The coach involved is Vladimir Kazarin (Владимир Казарин), who was sanctioned with a life ban by the...

14/06/2019

Mariya Lasitskene brushes off ‘threat’ over ANA revocation

Mariya Lasitskene has brushed off criticism from Dmitry Shlyakhtin, President of the Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) which argues that by highlighting failure to reform, she risked jeopardising the Authorised Neutral Athlete (ANA) status that allows Russian athletes to compete internationally. On Sunday, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)...

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